Azithromycin Tablets (Generic Zithromax)
Azithromycin Tablets (Generic Zithromax) is macrolide-type antibiotic tablet used to treat infections such as Mycobacterium Avium Complex Infection. It is also known under a generic name Zithromax and is prescribed as a medicine in the treatment of various bacterial infections. It will not cure diseases caused by viruses such as common cold. This is one of the antibiotic drugs, which fights bacteria by stopping it from further growth. The medicine should be taking only after consulting with your physician, as it can cause severe medical conditions if it is misused.
The medicine can be used in combination with other medicine, once again, after consulting with your physician. This drug is only sold in the form of an oral tablet, brand name being Azithromycin, while the drug under a generic name Zithromax is the cheaper option of two.
Your doctor prescribes the dosage of this medicine in regards to how severe your medical condition is. Also, Azithromycin is one of the pharmaceutical drugs which are only for oral ingestion. As it is antibiotic, you need to take it at the same time every day, preferably before you eat. If you feel nauseous in the morning, try making it half an hour after you eat your breakfast or lunch, depending on the fixed time of the consumption. It is crucial that you don’t stop taking it even after the symptoms wear off, as bacteria may return to your bloodstream even stronger within a week.
Here are some common Azithromycin prescriptions for different infections. The treatments including Azithromycin usually last up to 5 days, nothing longer.
Sinusitis • Adults: 3 day-treatment with a single 500 mg Azithromycin tablet a day. • Children: 3 day-treatment with a single 10 mg/kg of the body weight Azithromycin tablet a day.
Bronchitis • Adults: 3 day-treatment with one 500 mg Azithromycin tablet a day. • Children: This pharmaceutical drug is not prescribed to children when treating bronchitis.
Pneumonia • Adults: It is prescribed as five day-treatment, with the dosage of 250 mg, one tablet daily, including the exception of the day 1 when you intake two pills in a single dose. • Children: It is prescribed as five day-treatment, with the dosage of 5 mg/kg of the body weight, one tablet daily, including the exception of the day 1 when you intake two 5 mg/kg tablets in a single dose.
Azithromycin is a medication that is known for a whole range of side effects and is also known to cause allergies. Here are some common side effects of this medicine:
- Liver failure
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Weight loss
- Skin rash
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty when swallowing
- Abdominal pain (usually as a symptom)
Make sure to consult with your physician before taking this medicine, and avoid it if you have an allergic reaction to antibiotics such as clarithromycin. Also, check for possible allergic reaction to the present inactive elements in Azithromycin tablet.
Avoid taking this drug when pregnant, or breastfeeding unless it is inevitable, and if you are breastfeeding, stop it during the treatment. Make sure to run tests to check your magnesium and potassium level, as low levels of mentioned blood ingredients are also considered a risk as they increase the possibility of side effects.
Azithromycin is one of the drugs which are often sold in combination with herbal products in the pharmacy but be sure to double check with your physician before you buy anything outside the list prescribed by your doctor.
Avoid Azithromycin if someone in your close family had heart disease, as this drug also can increase the risk of arrhythmia, as its standard side effect includes increased heart rate.
Make sure to double check with your physician considering the medical history of liver and kidney disease.
Taking Azithromycin with medications like Warfarin and Nelfinavir increases the possibility of side effects, with a high risk of liver disease and deafness if taken with Warfarin and with the chance of the increased bleeding when taken with Nelfinavir.
It’s also recommended that you consult your physician about the medicine combination; to avoid any drug containing Sotalol as combined with Azithromycin can increase heart rate and affect QT prolongation. During the treatment, keep a short list of all medicines you intake daily and check for the standard ingredients to avoid possible overdose.